Broncos vs Roosters preview from expert analyst Steve Green
Broncos vs Roosters: Preview
Last week the Broncos were gallant for much of their match against the Eels, but eventually the weight of possession for the Eels was too much. The Broncos only had 34% of the ball, and after losing Glenn early on, their young forward had to make a ton of tackles.
When you throw in the fact that they headed into the match without three of their best players (Fifita, Pangai and Bird), it was a tough ask for the Broncos to win this after they suffered a few big knocks. Although named for Round 4 at hooker, it is likely Turpin will be ruled out and Paix given his debut. Tesi Niu will also make this debut in the centres, in place of Staggs.
These guys are great young talents, and I have no doubt they will play well… but the Broncos team will be using a lot of young players in this match. That does not bode well against the back-to-back premiers. The speed of the NRL is amazing in 2020. So I am expecting the young Broncos to really tire as the match goes on.
As for the Roosters, they bounced back well. Despite not dominating the stats, the Roosters showed they have the class to finish their opportunities and the defensive resilience to hold out the best attacks. Cordner made a great return and Flanagan is starting to show he deserves the 7 jersey in this Roosters line up. He has shorted with some bookies, and I think that will continue to happen over the course of the season. At 34.0 or better, I am looking forward to tracking this bet in 2020!
Broncos vs Roosters: Key Players
Making matters worse for the Broncos, the Roosters will likely welcome back Taukeiaho and Aubusson for this weekend’s match. Josh Morris is also now in the side after transferring from the Sharks. The Roosters team is as good as possible heading into this match. Coach Robinson will be keen to make a statement with a big win here.
I am still keen on the Broncos in 2020. But I think that they will need to get the likes of Glenn, Pangai and Fifita back on the field before they can really show what they can do.
As the Warriors showed last weekend against the Dragons, the right attitude can take you a long way in the NRL, so I do not think the Broncos will capitulate. Bookies have moved from -7.5 to -11.5 and I think that is much closer to where this game should be. There is not enough value for me to have a bet on this one.
Broncos vs Roosters: Predicted Score